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Top 10 Premier League youngsters who could breakthrough this season

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We look at 10 young players who have barely figured (if at all) in the Premier League but who you might just see playing more and more as the Premier League season moves on.

The likes of Adnan Januzaj, John Stones and Jon Flanagan all emerged as important players for big clubs last season, but who might we see jump up youth systems this campaign?

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Jordon Ibe – Liverpool , winger (age 18)

Ibe (above) has been a bright spark for Liverpool during their pre-season and has all the tools to make a similar impact in the first team as Raheem Sterling has under Brendan Rodgers. Signed from Wycombe two seasons ago, he had a spell on loan at Birmingham last season and mainly plays in attacking wide roles. He has an eye for goal, an excellent touch, and pace to burn.

Adam Armstrong – Newcastle United, striker (age 17)

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Newcastle love their local boys and there is huge buzz about Armstrong who made a couple of cameos off the bench last season. Geordies might not like the comparison but at only 5' 7" he is more Kevin Phillips than Alan Shearer, a true poacher, and he has a great scoring record in youth football for both Newcastle and England. If we don't see him in the Premier League, then expect plenty of Championship clubs offering to take him on loan.

Sam McQueenSouthampton , winger (age 18)

The Southampton production line just keeps churning out young British talent and there are high hopes that Sam McQueen could be the next name to attract the attention of the bigger clubs. He played an FA Cup game for the Saints last season and plays on the left-wing. With the big exodus of stars this summer, there should be room for him to get a few more chances.

Tyler Blackett – Manchester United, defender (age 20)

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Blackett looked very composed during Manchester United's pre-season tour of the United States and his adaptability gives him a great chance of figuring in Louis van Gaal's plans. He can play on the left side of a back three or as a left-back; and after spells on loan at Blackpool and Birmingham he looks ready to be tested at the highest level.

Duncan Watmore – Sunderland, winger (age 20)

The young Sunderland winger is an intelligent player, literally: he is studying for a full-time degree in economics while trying to make it as a professional footballer. He even carried on his studies at Newcastle University while on loan with Hibernian in Scotland last year. Sunderland professional development coach Kevin Ball said of Watmore: "He's so exciting it's frightening; he's got the best balance I've ever seen." If he breaks into the first-team it will probably be as a winger but he could eventually become a striker.

Jack GrealishAston Villa, attacking midfielder (age 18)

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Grealish is a local lad but represents the Republic of Ireland at youth level as his father is a Dubliner. England have been trying to nab him back and it is easy to see why. Grealish is a natural footballer who looks comfortable with the ball at his feet. He will love working with Roy Keane and could be a bright spark for a Villa team who could struggle.

Bradley Garmston – West Bromwich Albion, left-back (age 20)

There may not be a quicker player within the ranks of a Premier League club than Bradley Garmston – he finished second in the 200m at the English School's Championship and is the son of former Commonwealth Games 100m gold medallist Sonia Lannaman. He is fully focused on football now, and after a spell on loan at Colchester United last season is now hoping to make the step up to the Premier League. Athletics' loss is the Baggies' gain.

Diego Poyet – West Ham, midfielder (age 19)

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We have already featured Diego Poyet as one of our 'bargain' signings of the summer, that's how highly we rate 'the son of Gus'. Amazing to think he is only 19, as he was such a presence in the Charlton first team last year that he won their player of the year award. What's more, he has been representing England at youth level and not Uruguay. England would be wise not to wait too long before giving him a senior cap as he looks the real deal.

Milos Veljkovic - Tottenham, centre-back (age 18)

Tottenham have been linked with moves for big money centre-backs but their future in that position could be already at the club. Veljkovic had a couple of chances off the bench last season but should get more and more opportunities as he fills out a bit more. A member of the Serbian U19 side that won the 2013 European Championship, expect him to pop up in League Cup and maybe Europa League action first, but he could eventually save Tottenham a fortune.

Adam King - Swansea City, midfielder (age 18)

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One of a number of players who has made Scottish football fans optimistic about the future, King only joined Swansea last January from Hearts where he had just broken into the first team. He spent the rest of the season in the Swansea U21 side but don't rule him out stepping up to the first team before too long. His brother Billy, two years older, is a handy winger for Hearts too and still only 20 himself - he could make the journey South before the season is over too.

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